What is the role of MRI and CT in breast cancer imaging?

Updated: Oct 17, 2016
  • Author: Nagwa Dongola, MD, FRCR; Chief Editor: Peter Eby, MD  more...
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CI) may have adjuvant roles in the diagnosis of breast cancer. MRI may prove useful in screening younger women with dense breasts who are at a special high risk of developing breast cancer (eg, strong family history). CT may be used as an adjuvant for monitoring spread. Although CT imaging involves some exposure to radiation, it should be considered in patients in whom MRI is contraindicated.


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